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Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder in Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcohol is a leading cause of liver disease worldwide. Although alcohol abstinence is the crucial therapeutic goal for patients with alcoholic liver disease, these patients have less access to psychosocial, behavioral, and/or pharmacologic treatments for alcohol use disorder. Psychosocial and behavioral therapies include 12-step facilitation, brief interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational enhancement therapy. In […]

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Red Wine Prevents the Acute Negative Vascular Effects of Smoking

Moderate consumption of red wine is associated with fewer cardiovascular events. We investigated whether red wine consumption counteracts the adverse vascular effects of cigarette smoking. Methods Participants smoked 3 cigarettes alone or after drinking a titrated volume of red wine. Clinical chemistry, blood counts, plasma cytokine enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, immunomagnetic separation of CD14+monocytes for gene […]

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Moderate Alcohol Consumption Is Not Associated with Reduced All-cause Mortality

A large body of research suggests that light or moderate alcohol consumption is associated with reduced all-cause mortality. However, concerns remain that the observed relationship is due to selection bias, misclassification of ex-drinkers, or residual confounding. Methods The association between alcohol consumption and all-cause mortality was analyzed using Cox regression. The analysis was performed using […]

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Transient Unilateral Neck Swelling After Unusual Exertion

A 32-year-old right-handed female veterinarian presented with a spontaneous, painless swelling of the right supraclavicular fossa and lower neck. She denied fever, night sweats, or weight loss. Before this presentation she was in excellent health. The physical examination showed a pronounced asymmetry of the supraclavicular fossae ; the vital signs were normal, and there was no […]

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Holiday Heart Block: Alcohol-induced PR Prolongation

Consumption of large quantities of alcohol has a number of well-known consequences, but the effect endured by one patient is rather remote. A 27-year-old black man was brought to the emergency department after suffering head trauma that initially left him unconscious. His score on the Glasgow Coma Scale was 14, denoting a mild head injury. […]

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